Munich teen gunman was bullied loner, planned attack for a year

July 25, 2016 4:30 am

The teenager behind the deadly shooting rampage in was a
withdrawn loner obsessed with playing “killer” video games in his
bedroom.
He was also a victim of who suffered from panic
attacks set off by contacts with other people, investigators said,
adding that he had planned the attack for a year.
Law enforcement
officials piecing together a portrait of the 18-year-old shooter said
he was seeing a doctor up to last month for treatment of depression and
psychiatric problems that began in 2015 with inpatient hospital care
followed by outpatient visits.

Heavily armed police forces operate at
Karlsplatz square after a shooting in the Olympia shopping centre was
reported in Munich, southern . Photo / AP
They said medication for his problems had been found his
room. But toxicological and autopsy results were still not available, so
it’s not yet clear whether he was taking the medicine when he went on
his shooting spree Friday, killing nine people and leaving dozens
wounded.

The 18-year-old German-Iranian, identified only as David S.
due to Germany privacy laws, had earlier been described by investigators
as being bullied by schoolmates at least once four years ago and being
fascinated by previous mass shootings. But none of those killed were
known to him, investigators said.
Investigators said the Munich
shooter had researched that slaughter online and had visited the site of
a previous school shooting in the German town of Winnenden last year.
“He
had been planning this crime since last summer,” said Robert
Heimberger, Bavaria’s top official, citing a “manifesto” linked to the
shooting found in the gunman’s locked room in the apartment he shared
with his parents and brother.
Heimberger said he could not reveal
details of the document yet because there were “many more terabytes” of
information to evaluate, but described the gunman as a “devoted player”
of group internet “killer games” pitting virtual shooters against each
other.

Weapons are strictly controlled in Germany and
police are still trying to determine exactly how the shooter obtained
the Glock 17 used in the attack.
Heimberger said it’s “very
likely” the suspect purchased the weapon illegally online on the
“darknet,” a restricted access computer network often used by criminals.
He said the weapon had been rendered unusable and sold as a prop before
being restored to its original function.

Police stand in front of the Olympic shopping center where a shooting took place leaving nine people dead. Photo / AP
Police said they had taken in a friend of the shooter for
questioning, who might have known of the attack plan. Further details
were not immediately available, but Germany’s dpa agency reported
the 16-year-old boy had gone to police himself after the act.
Some
1,500 people gathered at the scene of the shooting Sunday evening,
lighting candles and placing flowers in tribute to the victims.
The
attack Friday took place on the fifth anniversary of the killing of 77
people by Norwegian right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik, whose
victims included dozens of young people.
The shooter’s father saw
a video of the start of his son’s rampage on social media and went to
police as it was taking place, Heimberger said, adding that the family
was still emotionally not up to questioning by police.
Witnesses
say the gunman shouted slurs against foreigners, even though he himself
was the German-born son of Iranian asylum-seekers
Heimberger said
the McDonald’s restaurant were most of the victims died was a hangout
for youths of immigrant backgrounds, and the dead included victims of
Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, and Kosovo Albanian backgrounds and a
stateless person. The restaurant remained cordoned off Sunday, as people
gathered for a second day to pay their respects.
Across the
street, at the shopping mall where the rampage spilled over, the
pavement was covered by a long line of flowers, some with messages of
condolences. One woman, dressed in black, knelt and cried before being
escorted away by an acquaintance.

People mourn behind flower tributes near the
Olympia shopping center where a shooting took place leaving nine people
dead. Photo / AP
“Today, I feel deep sadness,” said Veljo Raicevic, a resident. “Why can one person do something like this?”
Fatu Sherrit Schmidt was among those visiting the site.
“Some
of the kids who died happened to be my son’s friends,” she said. As for
the shooter, “his younger brother was at my son’s birthday two years
ago.”
In Greece, the residents of Aratos, a village of 700 near
the northeastern city of Komotini, were in mourning. They had expected
17-year-old Hussein Daitzik and his family, migrants living in Germany,
to visit next week as part of their annual vacation in their ancestral
home. Instead, now they will attend Hussein’s funeral
Daitzik
died trying to take his sister Gulfer ” they and a brother, Sunai, were
triplets ” out of the line of fire, says village mayor Amet Amet. She
was not wounded.
“He had many friends here in the village,” Amet said.
In
the aftermath of the attack, Bavaria’s top security official urged the
government to allow the country’s military to be deployed in support of
police during attacks. Because of the excesses of the Nazi era,
Germany’s post-war constitution only allows the military, known as the
Bundeswehr, to be deployed domestically in cases of national emergency.
But
state Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann told the Welt am Sonntag
newspaper that the regulations are now obsolete and that Germans have a
“right to safety.”

People mourn beside the Olympia shopping center where a shooting took place leaving nine people dead. Photo / AP
“It would be completely incomprehensible … if we had a
terrorist situation like Brussels in Frankfurt, Stuttgart or Munich and
we were not permitted to call in the well-trained forces of the
Bundeswehr,” he said.
Federal Interior Minister Thomas de
Maiziere backed the idea and suggested that it might be possible without
constitutional changes.
Munich deployed 2,300 police officers to
lock down the city Friday night, calling in elite SWAT teams from
around the country and neighboring Austria.

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